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Wasps Sting Ferrum in Panthers' ODAC Debut

Brian Mann (5) rushed for a new school record 257 yards.
Brian Mann (5) rushed for a new school record 257 yards.

FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College dropped its Old Dominion Athletic Contect debut this afternoon at home, falling 45-29 to visiting Emory & Henry College in the 3rd Annual Crooked Road Classic. Junior running back Brian Mann set another school record in the loss.

Emory & henry (1-0, 1-0 ODAC)
Ferrum (0-1, 0-1 ODAC)

Emory & Henry raced out to a 21-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Quarterback Zack Clifford managed to stay in bounds as he scampered down the left side for a 59-yard touchdown run at 12:20 of the third quarter to cut the lead to 21-7. Ferrum got as close as 31-20 when Clifford found Chris Baker from 16 yards out with less than a minute remaining in the third. Baker would later score on a 12-yard catch from Clifford as time expired. 

Hunter Taylor was 16-23 passing for 274 yards and two touchdowns for Emory & Henry. Clifford was 12-31 passing for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Taylor Brown had seven tackles and a sack for Ferrum.

Mann rushed for a new school record 258 yards, surpassing his own record of 254 yards set in 2016 and equaled in 2017, both against LaGrange College. Mann currently holds six schools records for the Panthers, and is within 244 yards of tying the career rushing yards record (3510), set by Freddie Stovall from 1986-89.

"Difficult night. Made too many mistakes and didn't make enough plays against a good football team. We were not able to get the game to one possession. Our players gave great effort and I am proud of how hard they played for 60 minutes. We will look at the film and make corrections and get ready for a good Apprentice tootball team next week on the road." -- Head Coach Rob Grande

Coach Rob Grande's team will travel to the Apprentice School Saturday, Sept. 8. The non-conference game gets underway at 1:00 p.m. in Newport News, Virginia.